Gym-Based Education Program

The Intelligent Option is a web-based, fully-factual slide presentation that provides cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation patients with the critical health information they need to create and maintain a new, healthy lifestyle. However, it’s our approach to presenting this information that makes all the difference for you and your patients.

“We have been using the Intelligent Option in our Cardiac & Pulmonary Rehabilitation gym for over a year. It is such a great way to provide education through an entertaining and professional presentation. Our patients definitely watch it and comment on what they learn”

— Deena Haynes, MS, Assistant Director, Tyler Heart Institute, Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, Monterey, California

How it Works

The Intelligent Option leverages your patients’ exercise time to teach them the critical information they need to create the new lifestyle required to maintain their health.

Instead of mindlessly watching television or flipping through a magazine while using the treadmill or stationary bicycle, patients learn from watching educational, engaging slides, full of wisdom, trivia-like questions, humor, and motivational quotes. The Intelligent Option builds on the education you’re giving your patients, acting as a catalyst to continue the conversation without interruption.

The presentation is sold as a yearly subscription. 

The Exercise Angle

We all know that we are awake and alert when we exercise. New studies are also emerging that suggest that  learning while exercising may increase neural processes that enhance memory activation in older adults (Won et al., 2019). This is another reason to leverage your patients’ time while they are exercising: it’s the perfect time for learning!

Won J, Alfini AJ, Weiss LR, et al. Semantic Memory Activation After Acute Exercise in Healthy Older Adults. J Int Neuropsychol Soc. 2019; 25(6):557-568.

“Our patients learn and pass the time while they exercise. This has been a wonderful addition to our program!”

— Dr. Phil Ades , Cardiologist, University of Vermont Medical Center, Burlington, Vermont

The Presentation Slides

Designed specifically for cardiac and pulmonary rehab patients, each slide of The Intelligent Option presentation provides the most up-to-date information on all of the cardiopulmonary risk factors your patients need to know.

By presenting the material to patients in a fun, engaging way while they exercise, The Intelligent Option builds on what you’ve been teaching, and helps patients absorb facts seamlessly. The continuous loop ensures that patients learn essential information for their new lifestyle through simple yet interesting repetition. Slides are automatically updated quarterly to ensure the accuracy of all information presented.

Wondering what the presentation looks like? Take a look at a sample here.

Why it Works

 The Intelligent Option works for four simple reasons:

• The language is patient-centered and easy to understand and digest.
• Information is presented in an engaging, fun way.
• Information loops continuously in an unobtrusive, quiet manner so patients learn.
• All the fully-referenced facts reinforce the education you’re providing in your facility.

Make the most of your cardiac and pulmonary patients’ time on the treadmill, stationary bike, and other cardio machines with help from The Intelligent Option.


The Intelligent Option is a web-based application, so you don’t need to purchase software or a DVD (you do need access to the internet). Once you’ve subscribed, your presentation is available on The Intelligent Option website. 

You’ll need the following basic equipment to run the presentation on your facility’s screens:

• A television or monitor
• A computer with internet connection (Chromebit, Chromebox, desktop, or laptop computer)
• HDMI Cable
• A keyboard/mouse

Tech not your thing? Get our start-up kit.

Not everyone understands how to get their equipment connected to the Internet and/or has the time to get the equipment needed to run the presentation. If this sounds like you, we have start-up kits with everything you need (except a television or monitor) for $225. The kit includes:

• Chromebit with HDMI cable
• Wireless keyboard with touchpad


Each startup kit is individually programmed for your facility prior to shipping and step-by-step instructions are included.

Need Help with Set-Up? We’re Here to Help.

If you need help accessing and/or running your Intelligent Option presentation for your patients, support is available. Contact us and please allow 24 hours for us to get back to you. You can also refer to our FAQ.



The gym-based program is available for an annual subscription rate of $500. The annual subscription includes over 1,400 fully-researched, fact-based slides that are automatically updated every quarter. Customized programs are available for an additional fee. Please contact us for details and pricing.

"Thank you so much for making this available, and at such a reasonable price!”


— Deena Haynes, MS, Assistant Director, Tyler Heart Institute, Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, Monterey, California